Other than IPL 2020, another high-profile tournament which is slated to happen this year is the ICC Men's T20 World Cup 2020 in Australia.More news: Celtics' Marcus Smart donating blood for experimental coronavirus treatment
In addition to coronavirus, tight scheduling of worldwide tournaments will also not allow the T20 World Cup to be delayed by a month or two. "We can not throw light on when the next Asian Cricket Council meeting will take place and on decisions around the Asia Cup and its fate", the PCB official told IANS.
The tournament although scheduled to be held in the month of October-November, reports suggest that some stakeholders in the game have proposed to postpone the T20 World Cup to 2022.
However, both ICC and Cricket Australia have not given any hint of postponing or rescheduling the marquee event. In December, India is scheduled to go on a tour to Australia followed by the Big Bash League (BBL) that is played during the summer. Sporting events across the world have been postponed or called off and India Prime Minister Narendra Modi has now called for a 21-day lockdown to fight the outbreak of the coronavirus.More news: Why the N95 mask is so important for health care workers
And with a bumper schedule looming at the back end of the year, the Cricket Cranes haven't gone to sleep with assistant coach Jackson Ogwang leading the way in helping the team stay in shape and focused on the job at hand.
"March would not be an ideal time [with IPL 2021 to begin in April] because the broadcaster won't agree to back-to-back T20 events".
Dhoni has not played for India in the last eight and a half months, ever since the World Cup semifinal loss against New Zealand. "So, the ideal choice has to be 2022", a source in the vicinity of the developments was quoted as saying to The Times of India. Moreoevr, Australia already closed its global borders until mid-September amid the pandemic. Even if everything gets normal, it will be tough for Australia to organize the tournament in such a short time.More news: Solskjaer wants Saul Niguez to partner Bruno Fernandes at Man United